A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials

A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials

A Fever in Salem A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials This new interpretation of the New England Witch Trials offers an innovative well grounded explanation of witchcraft s link to organic illness While most historians have concentrated on the accused

  • Title: A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials
  • Author: Laurie Winn Carlson
  • ISBN: 9781566632539
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This new interpretation of the New England Witch Trials offers an innovative, well grounded explanation of witchcraft s link to organic illness While most historians have concentrated on the accused, Laurie Winn Carlson focuses on the afflicted Systematically comparing the symptoms recorded in colonial diaries and court records to those of the encephalitis epidemic in thThis new interpretation of the New England Witch Trials offers an innovative, well grounded explanation of witchcraft s link to organic illness While most historians have concentrated on the accused, Laurie Winn Carlson focuses on the afflicted Systematically comparing the symptoms recorded in colonial diaries and court records to those of the encephalitis epidemic in the early twentieth century, she argues convincingly that the victims suffered from the same disease A unique blend of historical epidemiology and sociology Katrina L Kelner, Science Meticulously researchede author marshalls her arguments with clarity and persuasive force New Yorker

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    This book introduces a new theory of why the Salem witch trials took place: encephalitis. An inflammation of the brain caused by a virus. Comparing this theory to others, namely ergot poisoning and psychological issues stemming from such a strict, closed-off society, encephalitis seems like the most plausible and probable cause. Neither ergo poisoning or psychological causes explain many of the symptoms and behavior of the afflicted people. More of a medical than a history book, the author’s v [...]

    I read this book purely to expand my knowledge of the Salem witch trials, having visited the Salem Witch Museum and finished A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials. In this well-researched and informative book, Carlson suggests that the young women who went into fits and accused individuals in their community of bewitching them were actually suffering from a form of encephalitis which caused their symptoms, bizarre behavior, and even their hallucinations.My three-star rati [...]

    A very interesting theory on how/why people behaved the way they did during the Salem Witch Trial period. Encephalitis plausible. I also was surprised she portrayed the Mather family in a positive wayybe my relatives were not as bad as I thought they were.

    Dry at bits but very informative about the theory of encephalitis being the cause for the Salem Witch Trials.

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